Noun jail has 1 sense
  1. jail, jailhouse, gaol, clink, slammer - a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
    --1 is a kind of correctional institution
    --1 has particulars:
     bastille; holding cell; hoosegow, hoosgow; house of correction; lockup; pokey; workhouse
    Derived form: verb jail1
,Verb jail has 1 sense
  1. imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug, gaol, put away, remand - lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
    --1 is one way to confine, detain
    Derived forms: noun jailer1, noun jailor1, noun jail1
    Sample sentence:
    They want to jail the prisoners